I was born and raised in Kentucky, went to Hair school in 2003 - 2004 studying under Bob Welch, and moved to Miami Beach, Florida in 2005 to work for Oribe. Although I began as an receptionist and salon assistant, I quickly began personally assisting Oribe in his salon on Lincoln Road. Then at only 22 years old, I became a stylist at Oribe's, the premier salon in Miami, taking my own clientele and creating work for Miami swimsuit week and working for La Perla at local night clubs.
In 2006-2007, I began to assist Oribe on his legendary photoshoots working alongside Peter Lindenberg, Craig McDean, Anez and Vanooh, Mert and Marcus Piggott, and Steven Meisel. I also worked on runway shows that included Victoria Secrets and Armani Privé shows in Paris.
Its was on the iconic Louis Vuitton photoshoot in 2008 with Stephanie Seymour, Naomi Campbell, Natasha Verashinova, that I met Marc Jacobs and dyed his hair blue. I have been his private hairdresser since that day.
Oribe taught me many things... First and foremost the experience that the salon and service industry should offer. It's all about the client, making them feel great and look great. I have never forgotten that important message.
After landing my first editorial debut with GQ magazine in 2008, I moved to New York and quickly became the hairstylist to some of NYC's most influential residents. In 2009 I opened my first salon/studio called Three Squares Studio, which I built and designed myself from the ground up. This concept based salon quickly became a hotspot for the city's elite. The idea behind the studio was simple yet extraordinary - rotating art shows every four weeks with Scott Campbell being the debut artist. Over the years Philis Gollimbo's work was exhibited along with Robert Laughlin's last ever show before his passing, along with Eric Ray Davidson Photography and Stefan Janoskis' only art showing in NYC to date, Alvaro and others as well.